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Monday, 11.6.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Islanders vs. Tampa Bay

(7:30 p.m. ET, TV: FSN NY | Radio: Bloomberg 1130) Tonight the Islanders host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Coliseum before embarking on a five-game road trip -- the longest of the season. A win by the Islanders would put them back in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Jason Blake continues to produce, scoring in his fourth consecutive game on Saturday. Blake is now tied for tenth in the NHL in goals with eight. Blake's six power play goals is fourth best in the league. Alexei Yashin also continued a four-game point-scoring streak where he's compiled two goals and four assists. Yashin leads the team with 17 points.

Tampa Bay comes into tonight's game having lost four of their last five games, including Saturday's contest against Boston by the score of 6-5, in overtime. Two bright spots for the last place Lightning are former Hart Trophy winner, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, who are both sporting an eight-game point-scoring streak. St. Louis has posted nine goals and 14 assists in that stretch while Lecavalier has compiled six goals and nine assists. During the streak, St. Louis scored a hat trick against Carolina on October 26.

Lightning head coach John Tortorella was very outspoken about his goaltending problem last year, but no longer has Sean Burke or John Grahame to worry about between the pipes. Marc Denis formerly of the Columbus Blue Jackets has seen most of the time in goal this year, but Johan Holmqvist posted his first career victory in the team's only win in the past five games, a 5-2 defeat of Philadelphia on Thursday.

Chris King and Steve Mears have the call on Bloomberg Radio 1130 while Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe can be seen tonight on FSN NY.

Check your local listing to locate FSN NY in your area.

STANDINGS: Islanders
- 14 points, 3rd place (tied), Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay - 13 points, 5th place, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders Jason Blake, 8 goals; Alexei Yashin, 12 assists and 7 points; Brendan Witt, 32 PIM. Tampa Bay Martin St. Louis, 10; Vincent Lecavalier, 11 assists and 19 points; Cory Sarich, 25 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Islanders - Power play: 19.7 percent. Penalty killing: 80.5 percent. Tampa Bay - Power play: 13.6 percent. Penalty killing: 75.4 percent.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders Rick DiPietro (4-5-0, 3.32 GAA, .888 SV%); Mike Dunham (2-0-2, 2.20, .939). Tampa Bay Marc Denis (5-5-1, 2.98, .889); Johan Holmqvist (1-2-0, 2.77, .893).

2005-06 SEASON SERIES: Tampa Bay, 0-3-1.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders 4-2-2 at home; Tampa Bay 3-2-1 on the road.

1   Mike Dunham
39 Rick DiPietro

3   Tom Poti 
6   Sean Hill
8   Bruno Gervais
24 Radek Martinek
32 Brendan Witt
77 Alexei Zhitnik

7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park 
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Chris Simon
16 Mike York
17 Shawn Bates
18 Mike Sillinger
25 Viktor Kozlov
45 Arron Asham
55 Jason Blake
79 Alexei Yashin
81 Miroslav Satan

30 Marc Denis
40 Johan Holmqvist

3   Doug Janik
7   Luke Richardson
21 Cory Sarich
22 Dan Boyle
44 Nolan Pratt
54 Paul Ranger
71 Filip Kuba

4   Vincent Lecavalier
9   Eric Perrin
15 Nikita Alexeev
17 Ruslan Fedotenko
19 Brad Richards
20 Vaclav Prospal
24 Andreas Karlsson 
26 Martin St. Louis
27 Tim Taylor
29 Dmitry Afanasenkov
34 Ryan Craig 
74 Nick Tarnasky




J. Tavares 78 33 37 6 70
K. Okposo 79 22 42 -4 64
F. Nielsen 81 20 32 1 52
B. Nelson 81 26 14 -3 40
N. Leddy 81 5 35 -9 40
A. Lee 80 15 21 -2 36
J. Bailey 81 12 20 -7 32
C. Cizikas 80 8 21 4 29
R. Strome 71 8 20 -9 28
M. Grabovski 58 9 16 3 25
T. Greiss 23 11 4 .925 2.36
J. Halak 18 13 4 .919 2.30
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